for immediate release
August 29, 2001

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Murder suspect Lonnie Josh Smith, age 42 (12-18-58) from Crestview has been arrested this afternoon (Wednesday) in Marshall County, Kentucky thanks to an anonymous tip called in to the Marshall County Sheriff's Office. Smith was arrested at a home outside of Benton, Kentucky where he was staying with relatives.

Marshall County Investigators notified the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office after a computer database search revealed that Smith was wanted in connection with a homicide in Okaloosa County. Smith is wanted in connection with the murder of Grover Gerald Long in the early morning hours of August 4th. During an altercation outside of a Crestview Lounge Smith is accused of slashing Long's throat and then fleeing the scene.

Smith is currently being held in Kentucky pending extradition proceedings to return him to Okaloosa County.

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for more information contact Nicole Wagner, Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

(850) 609-3028

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